Galaxy's quest for FORS Gold achieved

Galaxy Insulation and Dry Lining has achieved FORS Gold status.

The company, which specialises in the supply and distribution of thermal, acoustic and other insulation and dry lining materials has reached FORS Gold accreditation in just 17-months after gaining FORS Bronze accreditation in December 2019.

It took them until the following January to progress to FORS Sliver at their Uxbridge site before, in the summer of 2020, gaining FORS Silver for the whole organisation.

Galaxy’s 73-strong mixed-fleet is made up 17 3.5-tonne vans, 53 26-tonners and three tractor units – including a recently delivered 44-tonne 6x2 Mercedes-Benz Actros with a trailer-mounted Moffat forklift. The truck and trailer have a ‘stars and solar system’ livery, which promotes the Children’s Hospital Charity in Sheffield which Galaxy supports.

“The benefits even with FORS Bronze accreditation were almost immediate for us,” said Galaxy’s group logistics manager, Wayne Allen.

“We felt as though we had taken back control, pulling back central parts of the business that had fragmented. And, with more control, came a more efficient operation.

“Perhaps the greatest benefit of FORS accreditation overall,” he said, “has been the buy-in from our drivers. FORS training has really opened their eyes and they now see themselves as highly-valued, skilled drivers who are absolutely critical to the success of the whole operation. They are much better at feeding back too – we now have an open-door policy regarding physical or mental health concerns – and they have adopted a professional mindset that allows them to engage with their fleet managers in order to explore opportunities to boost efficiency.”